A starting field of 156 golfers will peg it up at the Windermere Golf and Country Club in the seventh official event of 2003. The race for the Order of Merit crown is also heating up, with just $5,000 separating first and fifth on the money list. Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, ON, who did not play in Winnipeg last week, continues to be set the pace with $34,816 in earnings.
Last weekend, Jon Mills of Oshawa, ON won his first Tour event at the MTS Classic to move into fourth spot on the Order of Merit. The 25-year-old became the fifth first-time winner in the six events to date. Only Gillespie, who won the Corona Ixtapa Classic in May, had won prior to this year.
Opened in 1958, the Windermere G&CC is a 6756-yard, par 71 layout located in suburban Edmonton. The first hole a reachable par-5 that should allow players to get off to a quick start. Ken Duke owns the Windermere course record with a 7-under 64.
A year ago, Canadian Matt Daniel won his initial Tour title in Edmonton, when the event was held at Glendale GC. Daniel held off Albertas Stuart Anderson on the first playoff hole to become the third Canadian to win in 2002. Rob McMillan and Gillespie had swept the two-event run through Myrtle Beach, SC earlier in the season.
After the Edmonton stop, the Tour moves to Vancouver Island for the Victoria Open before returning to the mainland for the Greater Vancouver Classic.